It is truly appalling that Mayor John W.D. Bowling and city commissioners Chester Kavanaugh and Ryan Owens are so willing to see such an important local organization as Heart of Danville go down the drain.
We understand that the city commission cannot grant every request for funds in full, but we're convinced that the decision to cut the Heart of Danville's funding so drastically - from $45,000 last year to $5,000 this year - will in the end cost the city a lot more money than it saves.
In terms of the economic development of the community, the city has gotten a big return on the money it has invested in the Heart of Danville over the years.
In the first place, only about a third of the organization's money comes from local government. The rest comes from donations by private individuals and from fundraising activities. So just on a very basic level, for every dollar the city puts into Heart of Danville, it's getting three dollars worth of services.